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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Family Court 9th Annual Multidisciplinary Training Institute October 21, 2010

Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation



8:15 a.m.— 8:45 a.m.


Registration & No Continental Breakfast

Room 202A/B

8:45 a.m.— 9:00 a.m.


Welcoming Remarks

Honorable Lee F. Satterfield, Chief Judge
   Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo, Presiding Judge
   Family Court, Superior Court of the District of    Columbia

Room 202A/B

9:00 a.m.— 10:15 a.m.  


When “Just Get Over It” Just Isn’t Enough: Toward a Trauma-Informed System of Justice

Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Juvenile Law
  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Room 202A/B



Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo, Presiding Judge, Family Court, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Traumatic exposures - particularly complex trauma in childhood - can lead to a host of challenging behaviors associated with struggles in relationships, disengagement from school, involvement in the justice system, and poor health outcomes across the lifespan and. Participants will learn how physiological responses to chronic stress such as abuse and neglect and domestic violence can have a profound impact on human development; how subsequent adaptive skills can push victims away from protective influences such as school and work; and how schools, social service agencies, courts, and allied systems can become more trauma-informed at all points of contact with children, youth, and families.



10:15 a.m.— 10:30 a.m.  



Room 202A/B

10:30 a.m.— 11:30 a.m.


Effects of Trauma on the Brain

Nathaniel B. Beers, M.D., M.P.A., F.A.A.P.,
Chief Operating Officer

  District of Columbia Public Schools

Introduction:Nancy Drane, J.D., C.W.L.S.,
Pro Bono Director
Children’s Law Center

We know that childhood experiences play a significant role in the development of the adult brain. If a child's life is characterized by fear, trauma, and instability, their developing brain will reflect those negative experiences.  During this session, Dr. Nathaniel Beers will provide an overview of the foundations of brain development, what we know about the impact of trauma on the brain, and what we can do to address the neurological consequences of childhood trauma

Room 202A/B

11:30 p.m.— 12:45 p.m.


Practitioners Panel

Lori Beyer, L.I.C.S.W., Director of Training and Consultation Community Connections

Erin Clegg, L.C.S.W., Trauma Trainer District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency

Kay Connors, L.C.S.W.-C, Project Director and Program Director Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Sara Hunter, M.S., L.M.F.T, Functional Family Therapist Parent and Adolescent Support Services, District of Columbia Department of Human Services

Jessica D. Lertora, L.I.C.S.W.-C, Clinical Social Worker Taghi Modaressi Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Jamii C. PremDas, L.I.C.S.W., L.C.S.W.-C, Deputy Director First Home Care, Universal Health Service, Inc.


Lisa Albury, L.I.C.S.W., L.C.S.W.-C.,
Behavioral Health Program Manager, Department of Behavioral Health, District of Columbia Government

This panel will focus on educating conference attendees about various trauma informed interventions. The panel of experts will describe such interventions, best practices in both the application and execution of such interventions and engage in a discussion of how to best utilize interventions to support families through trauma recovery and achieve successful outcomes. There will be a brief question and answer period following the presentation.

Room 202A/B

12:45 p.m.— 1:55 p.m.  


Lunch Presentation— “Animal Assisted Therapy as One Option for Trauma Survivors”

Room 202A/B

Jen Samuel, President
Elephants D.C.

Jose de Arteaga, J.D., Program Manager,
District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

The impact of trauma is varied and there are many options available as treatment. You will hear about one such unique treatment that has proven to be very helpful in the healing process of trauma survivors.

  1:55 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Break
  2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

Concurrent Workshops


  A—Focus on Trauma in the District of Columbia Public Schools Room 207A

B—Trauma and Suicide: Important Considerations for the Children and Adolescents We Serve

Room 207B


C—The Cost of Secondary Trauma: Managing Responses to Helping Children and Families

Room 206

  3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
  3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  

Concurrent Workshops



D—Trauma Informed Legal Advocacy

Room 207A

E—De-escalating Victims of Trauma Room 207B
F—Resource Toolbox Room 206

Conference Adjourns
Have a Great Day!!

Electronic evaluations will be sent to your email. Please complete and send it back as soon as possible. This will assist in providing a better conference experience next year.  

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